Native River gets wire-to-wire win in Cheltenham Gold Cup

Cheltenham Festival: Martin Girdwood tips Might Bite for glory in Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is everything in everyone's life, there's no pretending it's not.

"This horse is unbelievable he jumps for fun", said Johnson, his face wreathed in smiles.

The success was at the hands of champion jockey Richard Johnson, who was landing the blue riband for the second time after Looks Like Trouble in 2000.

Johnson, the leading steeplechase jockey in England for the last three seasons, said Native River gave him a confident feel throughout the race and particularly in the final mile.

Native River Admirable staying chaser and a gallant third previous year; had a less arduous preparation this time and can make frame again.

Native River came out on top in a thrilling duel with Might Bite to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and deny Nicky Henderson a historic treble. They are two very courageous horses.

Might Bite 6-4fav (11-10) With leader, led 10th to 11th, led again 4 out, pushed along next, ridden approaching last, stayed on well, won at Kempton 3m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec beating Double Shuffle (11-10) by 1l, 8 ran.

"The more I asked, the better he jumped", Johnson said. He showed no such tendencies on Friday while always racing within a length or two of Native River.

And Elliott took the opening Triumph Hurdle with Farclas for his seventh victor of the week, and a fourth for 18-year-old jockey Jack Kennedy. "It was the right thing to do to take him on".

Native River has won 11 of 21 starts.

Might Bite Once quirky, more mature now and must have a great chance of giving trainer third Gold Cup success. Native Rivers has been plotted a lighter route back to the Festival, seen just once this season when winning the Denman Chase.

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